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The most important part of any obesity treatment program is goal setting. While you may want to lose weight for societal or fashion reasons, it may be more important to consider that losing as little as 5 percent to 10 percent of body weight will have a significant positive effect on your health.
No two people are alike, so it's important to create a weight-loss plan that works for you. That may mean trying to lose one to two pounds per week, or losing at the rate of a half a pound per week. Even at that lower rate, over the course of a year, you'll lose 24 pounds, and if you maintain that rate, over three years you'll drop 78 pounds. Regardless of what treatment plan you follow, losing weight slowly will be more effective and healthy over the long term because quick weight loss often spurs weight regain.
Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.
Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.